June 6 marks the beginning of Patent Quality Week, which highlights the potential danger that poor quality or overly broad patents pose to innovation. Traditionally, patents have been used as a tool to promote innovation by rewarding inventors for their efforts. However, when poor quality patents are issued, they can become a roadblock for true inventors who find it difficult to bring their products to market. This reduces consumer choice and protects monopoly prices at the expense of true innovation.
We invite you to an online discussion about the importance of patent quality and the need to identify and address poor quality patents that deter rather than promote innovation.
- [Moderator], Wayne Brough, program director for Tech and Innovation, R Street Institute
- David W. Jones, executive director, High Tech Inventors Alliance
- Daniel Takash, regulatory policy fellow, Niskanen Center
- Priti Krishtel, co-founder and co-executive director, I-MAK
- Matthew Lane, executive director, Coalition Against Patent Abuse